Byron Cook’s Paxton contradiction, Bell County withholding mugshot, Texas DMV’s deficiencies, Sid Miller’s long and weird political journey

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Two of Rep. Byron Cook’s business partners contradict a crucial part of the story Cook has been telling about Attorney General Ken Paxton and their investments together.

A state review of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles finds numerous deficiencies, including a lack of “oversight and enforcement mechanisms needed to better protect the integrity of state vehicle titles and registrations,” making the fraudulent sales of cars damaged from recent hurricanes more possible.

Mugshots of suspects are a Texas media tradition. Could it be over? The Bell County Sheriff’s department is withholding the mug shot of a 16-year-old murder suspect who was indicted and charged as an adult. “If push comes to shove, I’m pretty sure I’d win an argument with the AG’s office,” Bell County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Chuck Cox told a reporter in reference to A newspaper’s public records request for the snapshot.

His top political aide gets a $29,000 loan from a campaign donor led to believe there is a state appointment in it for him. The big donor he appoints as a medical expert to one of his boards has had his license revoked in three states. And to top it off, his bid to license and regulate every barbecue scale in Texas is thwarted by the Attorney General. It has been quite an April for Department of Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

Also this week in The Texas Monitor:

Lawsuit: Austin’s sick leave act violates state minimum wage law

County Judge John Lovett Jr. indicted for burglary, forgery, and tampering

After 18 months and 3 lawsuits, Byron Cook still hasn’t sworn to his Paxton story

Taxpayer advocates fret over Waco broadband discussions

Lamar HS Football Booster Club member arrested for taking $20,000

Like others in Texas, Austin’s employee pension plan in crisis, new study says

Alleged Beaumont gambling, money laundering ring leads to indictment of public officials

Have a tip? Contact Editor Trent Seibert at [email protected]

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